Deaf-Mute Indian Woman Geeta Will Return Home Tomorrow After Being Stranded In Pakistan For 10 Years

25/10/2015 1:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian woman, Geeta holds a photograph, possibly of her family, at the Edhi Foundation in Karachi on October 15, 2015. A mute and deaf Indian girl who has been stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade because she cannot remember where she came from may have finally identified her family, the charity looking after her said. The new ray of hope for the woman known only as Geeta, believed to be in her early 20s, came after the Indian High Commission in Islamabad sent her a photograph of a family, whom she said she recognised. AFP PHOTO/ RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan will return home on October 26, over a decade after accidentally crossing over the border.

She will be accompanied by five officials from charitable Edhi Foundation which had been looking after her.

"Geeta will come back to India on October 26. She will be accompanied by five members of Edhi Foundation who will be treated as State guests," Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said.

According to sources, Geeta has identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to her by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The family reportedly lives in Bihar.

The government has decided to carry out DNA testing to verify Geeta's parents. If the testing verifies the parents identified by her are indeed her parents then she will be handed over to them.

Janardhan Mahato, who has been identified by Geeta as her father, expressed confidence that he will pass the DNA test for sure.

"They can take a DNA test or whatever they want. I am not running anywhere. I will pass the DNA test," Mahato said.

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Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station.

Police took her to the Edhi Foundation in Lahore and later she was shifted to Karachi.

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, T C A Raghavan, and his wife had visited Geeta in August after Swaraj directed him to meet her and try to locate her family.

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